Letters to the Editor

Letter: #Some pro tips for three of the Republican candidates for governor

Dear Editor,

Pro tip for a certain gubernatorial candidate whose latest email compares himself to Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and David Brat: when you meet liberty Republicans at the State GOP Central Committee meetings, you might not want to say “Are you here to cause trouble?”
— #can’tmakethisstuffup

Letter: Clinton should renunciate Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dear Editor,

In Hanoi in 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promoted passage of the most far-reaching trade agreement ever, encompassing many Pacific Rim countries. Her pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership heralded lower trade barriers and improved labor conditions and environmental protections, echoing promises by NAFTA promoters 20 years earlier. Even as Secretary Clinton stated concern about free expression online, and pronounced that, “Democracy and prosperity go hand-in-hand,” the backroom dealings of corporate lobbyists have written the TPP to challenge everything from Net Neutrality to democratic process and state sovereignty. Wholesale powers granted to corporations would permit them to sue governments for alleged lost profits, and to overturn regulatory laws intended to protect people and the environment.

What if they threw a tea party, and no one came?

Dear Editor,

Regarding the article in the June 6 issue, “Guv campaigns amp up as ballots drop,” the last line of this article, “Tancredo also won a coveted endorsement this week, gaining the backing of the El Paso County Tea Party,” caused me to ponder: what constitutes a Tea Party? The website for the El Paso County Tea Party is defunct and the Facebook page has not been touched in two years; there are no meetings or activities that I can discern. The board members have moved on to other organizations or out of state and some are supporting other candidates in the gubernatorial race.

LETTER: Former Jeffco Supt. hired with less transparency than McMinimee

Dear Editor,

It’s typical. Some groups seem so fixated on their political agenda for education that they have lost all perspective. People certainly are entitled to their own opinions of the new Jeffco superintendent hire, Mr. Dan McMinimee. But they’re not entitled to their own facts.

LETTER: Amendment would make discipline proceedings public only if probable cause is found

Dear Editor,

Thank you for devoting space to two statewide judicial reform initiatives in the story “Let more citizens judge the judges?” in the May 30, 2014 issue.

Based on judicial discipline commission annual reports, the total percentage of all dismissals by the commission from 2003 to 2012 is actually 97 percent. The 89.5 percent figure that I used regards only those complaints that were dismissed without the commission even considering the merits.

Letter: State hiring is fully compliant with Amendment S, despite what you may have read

April 11, 2014

Dear State Employees:

You’ve heard us say before that facts matter. This week, The Denver Post published stories that misrepresent facts about state hiring. We wanted to take a few minutes today to give you information about state hiring so you can feel confident in your employer’s practices when you are talking with your friends, family and neighbors about your work.

Letter: Story on personhood shows ‘incredible biologic ignorance’

Dear Editor,

I recognize that Peter Marcus, in a story in the April 18 issue, attempted to do a comprehensive and unbiased look at personhood efforts that as he writes, “come back to haunt Republican candidates.”

That said, this comment is beyond the pale, exposing either incredible biologic ignorance or a thinly veiled attempt to mislead the reader.

“Supporters, however, say nothing in the proposed constitutional amendment would give protection to eggs, nor ban contraception.”

Letter: What about Swing voters?

Dear Editor,

I saw that the April 11 edition of The Colorado Statesman includes your one and a half page feature articles on each of two of the three candidates for U.S. Representative in the Sixth Congressional District. I also noticed that you neglected to mention what positions the Democratic and Republican candidates take on even a single public policy issue.

LETTER: Miller Hudson: Regarding your article on the Article…

Miller old buddy…
I just read your April 4 story in The Colorado Statesman about the March 27 Symposium on Article V. Great writing!

It has been many years now, but you will remember me from the years I edited and published LIFE on Capitol Hill, and we worked on various community activities together. These days I am focusing a lot of my “retirement years” time on furthering the Article V efforts around the country.